Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Aug 28, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Welcome to the last weekend in August! Check out the fun and family events happening in our area this weekend!

St. Sebastian's feast and carnival

All weekend long, Sebastian’s Italian Feast will be held at Christopher Street and Kaveny Field (Montclair). The event began Wednesday and continues on Friday (5:00 PM to 10:00 PM), Saturday (3:00 PM to 10:00 PM) and Sunday (3:00 PM to 10:00 PM). There will be plenty of rides for both children and adults, raffles, games and nightly entertainment. For more information, visit the website here.

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Montclair High School Student Starts Tutoring Service

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Learn TutorsMontclair rising senior Miles Weddle is really good at math. He also has a knack for entrepreneurship. So he put those things together and started LEARN Tutors, a tutoring service that offers affordable tutoring for students by other students.

Miles began tutoring other students in math when he was a sophomore. “My sister, who had the same math teacher I had when I attended Glenfield, Mr. Von, mentioned to him that I was tutoring math,” he explained to Baristanet. “Ultimately, Mr. Von connected me with some other parents to tutor their children in math.”

Miles saw the potential to turn his tutoring services into a business and got to work hiring other tutors. Originally starting under the name Montclair High School Tutors, he rebranded in July as LEARN Tutors when he began expanding the service to other towns. LEARN Tutors now has close to 60 tutors in New Jersey and New York, who cover subjects from English, history and math to SAT prep.

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Back To School Shopping: Find All the Essentials Locally

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Back To School

With summer on its way out and school starting soon, it’s time to prepare with Back to School shopping. Avoid the frustration from chaotic crowds at malls and retail stores by shopping locally with friendly faces and helpful insight. We found the best boutiques to get all the cool school gear from jackets and shoes, to backpacks and lunch boxes. You will also enjoy the last few weeks of summer by walking around town while shopping end of summer sales:

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Montclair Center Stage to Present School of Rock Montclair’s “Endless Summer” Rockfest Concert

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair's Junior House Band

School of Rock Montclair’s Junior House Band

Montclair Center Stage will present a School of Rock Montclair “Endless Summer” Rockfest Concert on Saturday, August 29. 

“Our ‘Endless Summer’ Rockfest will showcase our fantastic students, our awesome faculty members, and our exciting performance program shows that we have planned for our fall season,” says School of Rock Montclair Creative Director Kevin March.  “The vibe will be energetic and pure party fun to keep the summer heat going strong.”

The “Endless Summer” Rockfest schedule is:

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Montclair BOE: New Principals, and Another Step Toward Renaming School For Buzz

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Acting Schools Superintendent Ronald Bolandi and Montclair Board of Education  President Jessica de Koninck

Montclair Acting Schools Superintendent Ronald Bolandi and Montclair Board of Education President Jessica de Koninck

Change was in the air at the Montclair Board of Education’s August 24 meeting, the first board meeting of the 2015-16 school year. New principal appointments were announced for two elementary schools— Glenfield School Assistant Principal Samanthaa Lennon will become principal of Hillside School, while Anthony Grosso, a former teacher and assistant principal at Hillside School, is set to become Watchung School’s new principal. The board also moved one step closer to possibly naming Mount Hebron School after astronaut and former resident Buzz Aldrin, with a second reading of the district’s schools and facilities.

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2015-2016 Local Public School Calendars

BY  |  Monday, Aug 24, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

2015-2016 Local Public School Calendars

It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school and, for some, it’s a late start on September 8.

Here are area public school 2015-2016 calendars, with start and end dates:

Soon you’ll be doing your Back to School shopping. Make sure to pick up some extra supplies and drop them off at the Human Needs Food Pantry.



EssayHouse Helps Young Writers Find Their Voice

BY  |  Monday, Aug 24, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

EssayHouseMontclairians Meg Siesfeld, a former magazine editor, and Karen Vrotsos, a writer and teacher, were talking at a school-related meeting last spring when they discovered a mutual love: coaching high school students on writing the college application essay.

“We loved helping a student brainstorm the story that only she could write and one that would set her apart from other students in the college admissions process, then coaching them in shaping a strong personal narrative,” Seisfeld tells Baristanet.

So she and Vrotsos joined forces and started Essay House, which launched in March to support people in the art and craft of writing. Part young writers refuge, part literary salon, EssayHouse offers workshops for the college Common App essay and aims to help young writers discover (or rediscover) the joy of writing.

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Edgemont Montessori School Welcomes Its New Students with Kindergarten Playdates, Ice Cream Social

BY  |  Friday, Aug 21, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Edgemont Montessori Elementary School Awarded  Eco-Schools USA Bronze AwardNew kindergartners and their families are invited to Edgemont School’s two kindergarten playdates, happening in its playground behind the school.

  • Friday, August 28 at 9:30 am
  • Friday, September 4 at 5 pm

On Tuesday, September 1 from 4-5 pm, new Edgemont students and their families are welcomed to the school’s back playground for an ice cream social. Parents are encouraged to mingle, meet the principal, Mrs. Cheryl Hopper, and the kindergarten teachers, and talk to PTA members about Edgemont’s unique experience as the kids enjoy ice cream and play. (A rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 4-5 pm.) Questions? Please contact Anneliese Scherfen.



Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Aug 21, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the weekend once again! We’ve rounded up some fun and family friendly events in our area. Check ‘em out!


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On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Hugh Force Canal Park (170 West Central Avenue, Wharton), stop by the Canal Day Festival to celebrate the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the communities along its banks. There will be live musical performances, a traveling zoo, an arts and crafts show, a Civil War encampment, blacksmith demonstrations, pony and hay rides, and more. For more information including a full listing of the day’s events and parking information, visit the Canal Day website.

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